Council on Open Data – Report Coming in January

In June 2014, the Council on Open Data was created (Chapter 69, Acts of 2014). The Council is to promote the State policy on open data: that open data be machine readable and released to the public in ways that make it easy to find, access, and use. Senator Bill Ferguson, Baltimore City, serves as the Maryland Senate’s representative on the Council on Open Data.

At the Council on Open Data meeting on December 18, the Council reviewed their draft report for the legislature and made final edits.  The section of the report that received the most attention during the meeting was about public information act requests.  The report will be completed and delivered to the General Assembly in January.

For a list of the other topics of discussion at the meeting, see the complete agenda here. The next meeting is scheduled for February 25, 2015.

For more information, contact Barney Krucoff, Geographic Information Officer, State of Maryland, Department of Information Technology,, 443-370-3008,

At this year’s MACo Winter Conference, Senator Ferguson will moderate an educational session on open data and transparency in county government.

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.